Pirates make a deal, adding right-hander Chris Archer in swap with Rays

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Chris Archer (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Wait, the Pittsburgh Pirates are buyers at the trade deadline?

That’s a switch.

The Pirates reportedly have a deal in place to send prospects Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later to Tampa Bay in exchange for right-hander Chris Archer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pittsburgh’s top third-base prospect, Ke’Bryan Hayes, is reportedly not part of the deal, according to ESPN reporter Jerry Crasnick.

Archer, 29, is a two-time All-Star with a 3.69 career earned run average in 117 career starts. He averages 9.7 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings. This season, Archer has a 3-5 record with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts for the Rays. He has 102 strikeouts in 96 innings.

Archer is scheduled to make $6.25 million this season and $7.5 million next season, with club options worth $9 million in 2020 and $11 million in 2021. He signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension with Tampa in 2014.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.